Erdosteine is a mucolytic agent that causes a breakdown of mucus. This medication can be used to manage chronic obstructive bronchitis. Erdosteine works to control mucus production and its viscosity while increasing mucociliary transport.
Erdosteine can combat the effects of free radicals from cigarette smoke. It has been proven to be safe and work well in clinical trials. Taking erdosteine 300 mg twice a day can reduce coughing, reduce sputum viscosity more quickly and effectively, and reduce sputum adhesivity more effectively than ambroxol 300 mg twice a day.
Erdosteine and amoxicillin for patients with acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (AEBK) may result in higher antibiotic concentrations in the sputum. This leads to early relief of clinical symptoms.
In addition, it has very few side effects, most of which are gastrointestinal and generally mild.
Erdosteine Dosage Considerations
Do not change the dose without your doctor’s approval. If you miss a dose of erdosteine,take the medicine as soon as you remember.
If it is around the time of the next dose, it is best to skip the missed dose of erdosteine. Take your next dose at the usual time. Do not double up on a dose to make up for the missed dose.
Recommended dose for erdosteine are:
- Type of suspension drugs: oral consumption as much as 175 mg / 5 ml.
- Suspension drugs: take 200 ml orally.
- Type of drug suspension: oral consumption of 100 ml.
- Pharmaceutical powders: oral consumption of 225 mg.
- Capsules: oral consumption of 300 mg.
Talk to your general practitioner or specialist doctor through Smarter Health to find out the right dosage for your condition.
Try to make regular appointments with your doctor so he or she can monitor the progress of your condition. Use erdosteine as directed by your doctor. Here’s how to use it:
- Read the drug information leaflet before taking the medicine. The leaflet provides more information on erdosteine and a comprehensive list of possible side effects that may occur.
- Take erdosteine capsules as exactly directed by your doctor. The recommended dose is 1 capsule twice daily for up to ten days. The dosage will be printed on the packaging label to remind you.
- Swallow the capsule with a glass of water. You can take the drug before or after a meal.
- If you miss a dose, take the drug as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for the next dose–in which you should skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.
People with breathing problems who exercise regularly tend to experience improved quality of breathing. Taking walks on a daily basis is a great place to start if you are not used to exercising. Try to increase the intensity of your activities from time to time if possible.
If you are overweight, it may worsen shortness of breath. Ask a dietitian for advice on healthy eating and how to lose weight.
What is Erdosteine Used For
Erdosteine can be used to treat chronic bronchitis in adults. Chronic bronchitis is a long-term inflammation of the bronchi, which is commonly experienced by smokers. Chronic bronchitis sufferers have a higher risk of lung infections. They also have episodes of acute bronchitis when the symptoms worsen.
Contraindications for Erdosteine
There are some people with certain underlying health conditions who cannot take erdosteine, including:
- Stomach ulcers–this occurs when there are open sores on the inner lining of the stomach and the upper part of the small intestine. The most common symptom is abdominal pain.
- Liver and kidney diseases. You should not take this medicine if you experience mild to moderate liver and kidney diseases. Your kidneys and liver’s response is one of the main determinants of the drug effect. There may be changes in pharmacokinetics parameters in cancer patients who have kidney or liver diseases–which requires dosage adjustments.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women. The medicine may pass into breast milk, but only in a small amount. However, there are several types of drugs that can actually harm the baby’s health.
If you experience any of the conditions listed above, it is important to discuss with your doctor first before taking erdosteine.
Below are precautions before taking erdosteine:
- Drug interaction of erdosteine with alcohol is unclear. Consult your doctor for further information.
- If you are pregnant, make sure you have discussed plans for using erdosteine with your doctor.
- It may not be safe for breastfeeding mothers.
- It does not usually affect your ability to drive.
- Information regarding the use of erdosteine in patients with kidney disease is limited.
- No data has suggested that it affects liver function. Consult your doctor before taking the medication.
- Do not take more than the prescribed dose. When you suspect that you or someone else may have overdosed on erdosteine, seek emergency medical help.
- If you are having surgery or dentist appointment, tell your doctor that you are taking it.
- If you are taking erdosteine, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it can be combined with other medicines.
- Never give erdosteine to anyone else even if the condition is similar to yours.
- Dispose of expired medicines.
- If you have more questions about erdosteine, ask your pharmacist.
List of Erdosteine Side Effects
Most medications may cause unwanted side effects–although not everyone experiences them. You will find a complete list of side effects on the drug information leaflet.
Erdosteine has very few side effects – most of which are gastrointestinal and generally mild. However, you still need to be aware of possible side effects when taking it and seek immediate medical help.
Some of the side effects of erdosteine are:
- Redness (flushing)
Vertigo is a sensation when your body feels out of balance. If you have vertigo, you may feel like you are spinning or the world around you is spinning. This condition is generally triggered by a change in head position.
These unwanted side effects usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following persists, including:
- Flu symptoms
- Feeling different
- Abdominal pain and upset stomach
- Skin rash and itching
Book an appointment with your doctor or pharmacist through Smarter Health to find out more about the recommended dosage for erdosteine and its proper use based on your condition Smarter Health allows you to access health services whenever you need them.